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Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

About this program

Foodlink offers the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) Program to emergency agencies. The JSY Program began in New York in 1997 in order to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to low-income clients of the emergency food network. It is funded through the state Department of Health and USDA’s SNAP-Ed Project. SNAP-Ed supports nutrition education for people eligible for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).

The mission of JSY is to work with organizations that serve food insecure populations to improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York. We do this through promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and empowering clients to make healthy choices.

Foodlink offers JSY classes to our emergency agencies, such as food pantries and soup kitchens. Each class includes a nutrition lesson and activity, a cooking demonstration, and healthy recipes to taste. To request a class, call us at 585-413-4051. To learn more, visit www.jsyfruitveggies.org.

JSY AT THE MARKET

Foodlink also brings JSY to the City of Rochester Public Market. Now located in the new indoor “B” shed year-round, JSY nutrition educators offer free cooking demonstrations on certain Thursdays and Saturdays. Workshops are available at 9, 10, 11 a.m. & noon; Saturday includes an additional workshop at 1 pm. Workshops run 20-30 minutes and occur on the hour. Topics and recipes change weekly!

Upcoming dates:

May: Every Thursday
June – October: Every Thursday & Saturday (except Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends)

JSY’s goal at the market is to help individuals and families prepare easy, delicious, and healthy meals on a budget. Foodlink encourages community organizations to bring their groups to a workshop. If interested, please reach out to Marcy McMahon (mmcmahon@foodlinkny.org) or Desiree Bass (dbass@foodlinkny.org) in advance via email. Individuals wishing to attend a workshop can simply show up!